Feyenoord vs RangersUEFA Europa League, KO: 17:55 Nov 28, 2019, De Kuip
DICK ADVOCAAT has previous when it comes to haunting old club Rangers in Europe and the veteran Dutch coach will be eyeing a repeat with Feyenoord.
Having bossed Gers from 1998-2001, Advocaat was in the opposition dugout when the Ibrox side reached their fourth European final in 2008.
This has been the Ibrox side's most impressive European campaign since that run to the 2008 final and a win at De Kuip could take them through to the last 32.
Few people gave Rangers a prayer when they landed a tough group containing the Dutch side, Young Boys of Berne and Porto, last season's Champions League quarter-finalists.
But a barnstorming performance in the group opener at home to Feyenoord set the tone, with Steven Gerrard's men far more comfortable victors than the 1-0 scoreline suggested.
They lost 2-1 at Young Boys in the next match but only after conceding in injury-time thanks to an error from captain James Tavernier.
A hugely impressive performance away to Porto in a 1-1 draw, and a huge 2-0 Ibrox win in the return, have now put Rangers in the driving seat to progress as they only trail group leaders Young Boys on goal difference.
But they remain just three points ahead of Feyenoord and Porto so a defeat here, coupled with a Porto win against Young Boys, could leave all four sides level on points heading into the final game.
And while Feyenoord were pretty dismal at Ibrox they will be a different proposition at home, especially with Advocaat having replaced the axed Jaap Stam in the dugout.
Stam was binned after a 4-0 tanking by Ajax but Feyenoord have gone four games unbeaten since Advocaat's arrival, claiming two wins and two draws.
They drew 1-1 at Groningen on Sunday, with Advocaat admitting there would need to be a vastly improved display if they were to stand a chance of beating his old club.
Rangers were also far from impressive on the same day, even though they won 3-1 at Hamilton to stay level on points with Celtic at the top of the Premiership.
Gerrard also called for a much-improved display on the European stage and if Rangers can repeat their performance in Portugal then they stand a great chance.
The Ibrox side are 191/100 with Marathonbet for a victory at De Kuip but they failed to win any of their away group games last season and a draw is the best they have mustered on the road in this section.
Feyenoord also have a strong record at home in the Europa League groups, winning six of their eight games, although they were held 1-1 at De Kuip by Young Boys last time out.
Crocked full-back Rick Karsdrop will be a big loss while Danish forward Martin Jorgensen is an injury doubt for the Dutch side. But I'm still tempted to back a home win at 151/100 with Marathonbet, with Rangers looking far from convincing at the back.
However, Gers should get on the scoresheet, even with Jermain Defoe sidelined with injury. The Englishman was always likely to be on the bench anyway, with Alfredo Morelos in fine form after netting in his last three group games.
The Colombian also terrorised the Feyenoord defence at Ibrox and was the biggest reason for that 1-0 win, even though Sheyi Ojo was the hero with a stunning long-range winner.
Morelos is 7/4 for another goal here with Unibet and that looks good value given his recent form. The bookies have been pretty generous with their odds on the South American in Euro games and I've cashed in with successful bets on him scoring against Young Boys and Porto. His fine run of form could continue here.
Steven Berghuis was one of the few Feyenoord players to impress in Glasgow and knows the way to goal, having netted 10 times this season. He's 12/5 with Paddy Power here and that looks a great option.
Both teams to score is 4/6 with SportNation and that should come up while over 2.5 goals also seems likely at 41/50 with Marathonbet.
The clash in Glasgow was a bit feisty with seven yellow cards dished out and there could be a repeat here. Glen Kamara was one of those carded that night and the Rangers man is as big as 4/1 with William Hill for this clash. That looks decent value as there could be a few meaty challenges in midfield.
This UEFA Europa League match between Feyenoord and Rangers will be played on Nov 28, 2019 and kick off at 17:55